OPI Products Removes Hazardous Ingredient from Nail Polish
At the urging of activists and consumers with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, OPI Products has reformulated its nail polish to remove the hazardous solvent toluene. The Campaign, founded by a coalition of advocacy groups in 2004, used mock beauty pageant protests, letters, meetings, and a national ad campaign to lobby OPI.
Toluene, a solvent added to nail polish to make application smoother (and added to gasoline to increase octane ratings), is characterized as a "probable human carcinogen" by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and is on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive and developmental deformities.
Women's Voices for the Earth, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, is a feminist environmental justice organization that has created a "Compact for Safe Cosmetics." The compact has companies pledge to create products without using chemicals known or suspected to be harmful. They also released a report called "Glossed Over: Health Hazards Associated with Toxic Exposure in Nail Salons" that examines the health effects of toxic chemicals used daily by women nail technicians. The report notes that 95 percent of nail technicians are women and 38 percent of them are Vietnamese. The report outlines the problems these women face and offers recommendations to decrease health risks.
OPI, which does not test its product on animals, said that the amount of the chemicals in their products is well below EU and FDA standards, but acknowledged that removing them is a step in the right direction.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .